Hull City have enjoyed a decent start to the Championship season, but for one man it’s been frustrating to say the least.
Matthew Pennington arrived on loan from Premier League side Everton over the summer in the hope of enjoying a season of regular first team football in the Championship.
However that plan hasn’t worked out how he would have hoped.
While Pennington played the entirety of Hull’s two Carabao Cup matches, he’s only played 17 minutes in the league after coming on as a second half substitute against Millwall in August.
Should Matthew Pennington be given a chance in Hull City's first team?
Since then, the defender has largely been an unused substitute for the Tigers with Jordy de Wijs, Reece Burke and Eric Lichaj being preferred at centre back and right back.
For Pennington it must be frustrating having played over 30 times for Ipswich Town in the Championship the previous season.
The 25-year-old was a popular figure at Portman Road, and would no doubt love the opportunity to show Grant McCann and the Hull City supporters what he’s about.
In our latest FLW Spotlight, we look into Pennington’s statistics from last season to assess whether Hull City can be getting more from the on loan star.
Matthew Pennington played on 31 occasions for Ipswich Town last season.
While it was a campaign that end too well for the relegated Tractor Boys, the Everton loanee was one of the few players to come away with any sort of credit.
Pennington played the bulk of his games at centre back, and certainly showed his dominance with a string of strong performances.
A powerful central defender by trade, the 25-year-old made life tough for the Championship strikers and dominated in the air.
According to Whoscored.com, Pennington won an impressive 4.8 aerial duels per game on average.
He also proved himself as a classic old school defender with an average of 5.8 clearances per match.
As well as showcasing impressive tackling and interception statistics, Pennington proved himself as a reliable member of the team as he gave away an average of just 0.7 fouls per match.
While Hull City have certainly made a strong start to life under Grant McCann, they have conceded 20 goals in their opening 15 games.
McCann looks to have found his first choice defensive line-up, but based on the statistics from his time at Ipswich Town, there is a case for saying that Matthew Pennington deserves a little bit more first team action.